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Bridges

, November 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm

After bridge treatmentDental bridges go back many years – two thousand, in fact, with the earliest evidence being in Sumerian times. At Hall Green Dental we haven’t been fitting them quite that long!

Techniques have improved rather a lot since Sumerian times, of course – with modern materials giving extremely durable and natural looking finishes. Most commonly, the teeth being replaced are between two other teeth although larger spans are not uncommon.

Bridges are used to replace teeth which have either had to be removed for medical reasons or have been badly damaged or knocked out – for example in sporting accidents. The technique is suitable for people of all ages.

We can successfully apply a bridge wherever the two neighbouring teeth are strong enough to make up the difference in the gap. You’ll be advised during your consultation as to what the best solution is. In some cases an implant or denture could be the best solution.

Once fitted, your bridge should be as durable as a crown, lasting perhaps 15 years or more if you properly cared for.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bridges

Q: How long will a bridge last?
A: Cared for correctly you should expect a bridge to last fifteen years or more.

Q: Will a bridge match my natural teeth?
A: Yes, we’ll match the colour and shape of your bridge to match the teeth nearby.

Q: How many visits will I need to have my bridge fitted?
A: This really depends on the nature of the work. It may only require two visits, with an appointment of a couple of hours for the preparatory work, and another visit for the bridge to be fitted.

Q: Are there any special cleaning procedures?
A: When your bridge is fitted you’ll be instructed on how to use a suitable brush to help keep things clean. We also recommend regular visits to your dental hygienist to help keep things clean.

Q: Are bridges expensive?
A: They vary in price depending on size and how much preparation work is required. Your dentist will advise you during the first consultation of the likely costs, and you can then choose whether or not to go ahead.